IN A DEPARTURE from ubiquitous pageants in the University, seven dogs of different breeds competed for a beauty title to promote responsible pet ownership among Thomasians.

The dogs showed their tricks in the first search for the Ideal Thomasian Nursing PETsonality last Feb. 13.

“The aim of the event is to promote a life for others and to be able to appreciate God’s love through these little creatures,” College of Nursing Student Council President Kathrine Bernadette Apostol told the Varsitarian.

Pet owners also had to participate and were asked the question: How does taking care of a pet able to help in the formation of Thomasian values?

“The Thomasian value that I was able to nourish is being committed. You have to be committed and selfless in taking care of your pet,” said Assoc. Prof. Rene Tadle, owner of the beagle, Dollars, which was declared most talented.

The winner of the search was Alvin, a poodle, owned by faculty member Earl Sumile.

Meanwhile, Alton, a pug, owned by College of Nursing Asst. Dean Mila Llanes, won the cutest pet award.

The Peoples’ Choice Award was given to Chucha, a poodle owned by entrepreneur Cristina “Ate Eva” Adalia.

The dogs were judged according to their stage presence and personality, audience impact, the answers of the owners to the final question, and popular votes.

Dan Buenaventura from the non-government Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) also conducted a lecture on responsible pet ownership.

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